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Alleged: Shooting During a “Cart” Deal Gone Bad; Felony Arrest – HOT SPRINGS


Posted by Arkansas 911 News Chief Editor Paul Maddox

All suspects are presumed innocent until determined guilty in court.

Hot Springs Police Detective Scott reports that on January 26, 2021, around 6PM, a shooting victim arrived at the emergency room with a gunshot wound to the neck.  The victim said that the shooting took place at the intersection of Omega and Vicksburg Streets.

Officers went to the area and located 1 shell casing.  It was collected and put into evidence.

The victim told officers that he was in the front passenger seat of a car driven by his mother.  A passenger was in the back seat.  They stopped in the area and were approached by 2 men on foot.  One was heavyset and the other was thin.  The heavyset guy was counting money in his hand, the victim was holding the “carts” (E cigarette cartridges).

The heavyset man suddenly produced a firearm from his jacket and pointed it at the victim’s stomach.  The man with the gun took the carts from the victim.  The victim told his mother to drive away, which she did.  As the victim’s vehicle was pulling away, the man fired the gun once, striking the rear passenger window.  The bullet broke the window, damaged the head restraint on the seat and then struck the victim in the neck.

On January 28, 2021, The mother of the victim called Det. Scott and advised that she found the shooter on social media.  There were several pics of him under the profile of Carlos Brewer, Jr.

On February 16, 2021, HSPD Officers were dispatched to Lowery Street in reference to gunfire.  A traffic stop was conducted on a vehicle that fit the description of the suspect vehicle in this Lowery Street gunfire call.  Carlos Gregory Brewer, Jr., 18, of Burchwood Bay Road in Hot Springs, was in the vehicle.  A Glock 17 9mm pistol was found in this vehicle.  Mr. Brewer said that the Glock was his and that he fired the shots on Lowery Street.  The gun was confiscated.

Carlos Gregory Brewer, Jr., 18, of Burchwood Bay Road in Hot Springs – Allegedly robbed a person and then shot the victim in the neck.

The gun was submitted for for a NIBIN review along with the shell casing that was found at the location of the cart deal shooting and the casings from the Lowery Street gunfire call.  The results of the testing showed that all of the bullets were fired from Mr. Brewer’s Glock 17.

An arrest warrant for Mr. Brewer was obtained and entered into the police computer.

On March 11, 2021, HSPD Officers came into contact with Mr. Brewer at the District Court Building.  He was arrested and transported to the Garland County Detention Center for processing.  He is charged with Felony Aggravated Robbery, Felony Battery and Criminal Mischief and was being held without bond.